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Vaccination Vindication

Measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and Hib meningitis—all vaccine-preventable diseases—are making a comeback in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the time of writing, 2011 was on track to be another record year for measles, a potentially deadly illness; 10 infants died in California in 2010 from pertussis; and five Minnesota children contracted Hib meningitis in 2008, resulting in one death.

Bad Headaches for Mom Equal Colicky Baby

When your colicky baby is crying endlessly, we're sure that means a splitting headache for you as a mom. But a 2012  found that mom's migraines—which are a painful fact of life for many people—may actually be the reason for her baby's colic, according to a report on

The study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, shows that "mothers who suffer migraines are more than twice as likely to have babies with colic," reported.

Cry Baby

“Colicky” is a label given to babies who cry for more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks. But most experts believe it is an overused, ambiguous term at best. “‘Colic’ is an old-fashioned term that actually means ‘upset stomach,’ which it usually isn’t,” says pediatrician Harvey N. Karp, M.D., author of the book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block (Bantam).

Natural Healing

When choosing an alternative therapy for your baby, it’s essential to know what really works and is safe for the younger set. “There’s so little scientific evidence for safety or efficacy when it comes to the use of natural therapies for babies,” says New York City pediatrician Stuart Ditchek, M.D., author of Healthy Child, Whole Child (HarperCollins).

Temperature Gauge

In most cases, your baby’s fever is nothing for you to get hot and bothered about, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report published in Pediatrics. “Fever is not an illness,” explains Janice E. Sullivan, M.D., co-author of the report and a professor of pediatrics at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. In fact, fever can be beneficial because it triggers your baby’s body to produce more infection-fighting white blood cells.

The scoop on poop


Yes, it is. As your daughter’s intestines mature and she is able to digest your milk more completely, the amount of waste she produces is decreasing—which means she now can go for days without having to poop. This pattern often begins at about 6 weeks of age and can continue while a baby is exclusively breastfed.

Now for the caveat: If your daughter seems to be very uncomfortable when passing bowel movements or if she is having hard stools, be sure to talk with your pediatrician. But if she is growing well, smiling, peeing and pooping without pain, everything should be just fine.

Need Fluoride Drops


Too much fluoride can permanently stain a child’s teeth, so before you supplement, determine how much your baby is getting from all sources (including your local water supply and infant formula), then talk with your pediatrician.

White stripes


 It could be yeast (aka thrush), a fungus that grows in warm, moist areas such as a baby’s mouth
or diaper area, or on a breastfeeding mother’s nipples. To diagnose it, try gently scraping it off with your fingernail. Leftover milk will come off fairly easily; yeast won’t.

My first-line treatment for yeast is to mix 10 drops of grapefruit-seed extract per ounce of water. Apply this to your baby’s tongue (and, if you’re breastfeeding, to your nipples) every two to three hours for at least a week. If this doesn’t work, see your pediatrician.

Fluid mechanics


The key to hydration at any age is to keep the quantities of liquid very small. Don’t allow your child to take sips (or gulps) of water or an electrolyte drink; rather, give only a teaspoon every five to 10 minutes or so. When he is able to hold this much down, increase his intake to two teaspoons. Yes, he will be thirsty and unhappy, but if you allow him to take sips, he’ll get tablespoons of the fluid and throw up again.

Potty politics


In a word: regression. When the new baby arrives, much of your focus will be on her diapers—specifically, the pee and poop in those diapers. It can be hard for a toddler to see so much attention being paid to one family member’s elimination habits at the same time he’s supposed to be growing up and giving up his “nappies.”